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Description - Japan on Display by Morris Low

The Emperor Hirohito is central to the history of modern Japan, but he is inexplicably missing from the history of Japanese science. This book is an attempt to put the Emperor back into that history by exploring the linkages between science, photography and the Emperor. It examines aspects of Emperor Hirohito's life, especially his scientific career and his imperial tours that are seldom discussed in the literature. The book incorporates an array of sources including collections of old photographs, Occupation-period archival documents, and Japanese language sources to argue that science and photography helped reinvent the emperor and the nation. Covering a period of over a hundred years, from the Meiji period through to the Emperor's death in 1989, this book presents a fresh and compelling account of how visual imagery made the Emperor and the Japanese nation visible.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415371483
ISBN-10: 0415371481
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Morris Low

Morris Low is professor of East Asian sciences and technology at Johns Hopkins University. His previous publications include Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan (1999); Science, Technology and R&D in Japan (2001); Asian Masculinities (2003); Building a Modern Japan (2005); and Science and the Building of a New Japan (2005).

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